Retail Roundup: Southland Oaks Area Shopping, Dining and Entertainment

Southland Oaks not only provides easy access to local downtown nightlife and Austin’s legendary live music scene — the neighborhood is also conveniently located near many of Austin’s most popular shopping districts.

Between 10 and 15 minutes from Southland Oaks, The Shops at Arbor Trails features more than 40 restaurants, shops and local businesses. Here, residents find healthy, organic groceries at the new Whole Foods or head to Mandola’s Italian Market for authentic Italian pasta, sauces and spices.

Mandola’s also serves bistro-style cuisine, with soups, salads, pizzas, paninis and fresh pasta dishes, such as its Spaghettini Ortolano — spaghetti noodles tossed with zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, green beans, mushrooms and onions, topped with pine nuts and Romano cheese. The Shops at Arbor Trails also offers Austin classic restaurants such as Torchy’s Tacos, serving delicious twists on the typical taco, Tiff’s Treats with fresh-baked cookies, and Texas-born DoubleDave’s Pizzaworks, serving specialty pizzas at low prices in a family atmosphere.

One of the Largest Regional Malls in Texas

In about 15 minutes, Southland Oaks homeowners take their most extensive shopping list to Barton Creek Square, one of the largest malls in Texas, featuring 180 stores and restaurants. Some of the mall’s most popular retailers include Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Apple, Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, Chico’s, Foot Locker, Frederick’s of Hollywood, GAP, Lane Bryant, Lego, Nine West, Old Navy, Sears and many others.

The mall also offers some great dining selections, including favorites such as California Pizza Kitchen, Charley’s Grilled Subs, Frullati Café & Bakery, Ruby Thai Kitchen, Sarku Japan, Steak ‘n Shake, Villa Pizza and more. Then for date nights or family fun, movie buffs also love to check out the latest blockbusters at the 14-screen AMC Barton Creek cinema.

More Stores and Dining Experiences Just Minutes Away

Even closer to Southland Oaks, Southpark Meadows is only 10 minutes away, featuring 99 stores and 29 restaurants — enough to keep shoppers and foodies busy for an entire day. Some of the more popular stores include Ross, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Dress Barn, JCPenney, Lane Bryant, Marshall’s, Men’s Wearhouse, Office Max, Payless Shoes, PetSmart, SuperTarget, Hobby Lobby, Ashley Furniture, Walmart, Sam’s Club and many more.

Southpark also features a variety of restaurants, including the authentic Tex-Mex of Serranos and the mouthwatering steak, chicken and fish at the Longhorn Steakhouse, as well as popular favorites Chili’s, Trudy’s and Friday’s, among others. For a dinner and movie date night, locals take advantage of the 14-screen Cinemark movie theater, followed by something sweet from Amy’s Ice Cream. Both are also conveniently located in SouthPark.

Finally, two additional shopping outlets, Sunset Valley Market Fair and Escarpment Village, have over 100 stores and restaurants combined and can easily be reached in 10 to 15 minutes.